I've heard it said that the vacuum permittivity is the lowest possible permittivity for any substance, that no substance can have $ε_r<1$. Is this true? If so, why is this different from permeability, where common materials like copper and graphite have $μ_r<1$? Is there some connection to the nonexistence of magnetic monopoles, which is the only other asymmetry I'm aware of between electrical and magnetic phenomena?
Edit: So it seems it is possible to have $ε_r<1$ for sufficiently high frequencies. I'm not considering high-frequency effects here; I'm asking specifically and only about electric permittivity at DC.
I would be interested to know what causes it to be frequency-dependent, but that's for another question.